Best selling artists, albums and singles of all-time

1983 - Thriller

Albums Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales

This list is about the most successful albums of all time (understand “which have generated the most sales”). The figures are given in EAS (equivalent album sales).

Please keep in mind that some artists are missing, because their analysis has not been done yet. The complete list is available here. Sales figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles while streams are updated daily. Albums from unstudied artists which gained significant streams are listed but miss the sales component.

 

 

 

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1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s202020212022

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

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#CoverAlbumSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesEASDaily Increase
1?BabyBritney Spears
?Baby One More Time
24,195,000
(04/28/19)
3,638,0002,919,000
(9,730,000)
440,000
(2,930,000)
1,231,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 610
LD: 0
32,423,000
2SupernaturalSantana
Supernatural
25,990,000
(08/05/20)
2,498,0001,472,000
(4,908,000)
711,000
(4,740,000)
818,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 410
LD: 0
31,489,000
3MillenniumBackstreet Boys
Millennium
23,800,000
(04/02/22)
3,206,0001,230,000
(4,100,000)
975,000
(6,500,000)
1,636,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 860
LD: 0
30,847,000
4CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers
Californication
16,270,000
(03/29/18)
5,807,000174,000
(580,000)
1,400,000
(9,330,000)
3,486,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 1,480
LD: 0
27,137,000
5TheDestiny's Child
The Writing's on the Wall
13,080,000
(07/16/22)
3,338,0001,201,000
(4,004,000)
675,000
(4,500,000)
1,416,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 630
LD: 0
19,710,000
6ChristinaChristina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
12,800,000
(03/18/17)
1,400,0001,973,000
(6,577,000)
585,000
(3,900,000)
624,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 250
LD: 0
17,382,000
7NoDido
No Angel
14,460,000
(02/18/19)
160,000402,000
(1,340,000)
221,000
(1,470,000)
622,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 0
15,865,000
8TheEminem
The Slim Shady LP
10,390,000
(06/22/21)
976,000237,000
(791,000)
765,000
(5,100,000)
1,356,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 660
LD: 0
13,724,000
9FanMailTLC
FanMail
10,150,000
(04/07/19)
933,0001,086,000
(3,620,000)
443,000
(2,950,000)
1,006,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 430
LD: 0
13,618,000
10LoveppearsAyumi Hamasaki
Loveppears
3,190,000
(09/27/19)
6,059,0002,534,000
(5,605,000)
522,000
(3,480,000)
71,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 0
12,376,000
11OnJennifer Lopez
On the 6
7,290,000
(06/24/18)
2,109,0001,287,000
(4,290,000)
465,000
(3,100,000)
794,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 380
LD: 0
11,945,000
12EnriqueEnrique Iglesias
Enrique
6,700,000
(10/11/21)
1,918,0001,050,000
(3,500,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
294,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 0
10,307,000
13RainbowMariah Carey
Rainbow
7,250,000
(04/28/17)
514,0001,176,000
(3,920,000)
210,000
(1,400,000)
223,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 0
9,373,000
14BrandSting
Brand New Day
7,830,000
(06/14/20)
490,000354,000
(1,180,000)
272,000
(1,810,000)
220,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 110
LD: 0
9,166,000
15TarzanPhil Collins
Tarzan
4,550,000
(04/11/18)
1,483,000146,000
(487,000)
546,000
(3,640,000)
942,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 390
LD: 0
7,667,000
16ThereFoo Fighters
There Is Nothing Left to Lose
3,200,000
(10/10/17)
603,00051,000
(170,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
665,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 270
LD: 0
4,857,000
17AAyumi Hamasaki
A Song for xx
1,910,000
(09/27/19)
2,063,000346,000
(1,002,000)
282,000
(1,880,000)
67,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 0
4,668,000
18BuryCranberries
Bury the Hatchet
3,510,000
(01/25/18)
319,00078,000
(260,000)
90,000
(600,000)
306,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 140
LD: 0
4,303,000
192001Dr. Dre
2001
0
(N/A)
00
(0)
0
(0)
3,797,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
3,797,000
20SongsGeorge Michael
Songs from the Last Century
2,750,000
(05/06/17)
152,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
76,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
3,038,000
21SangJohnny Hallyday
Sang Pour Sang
2,270,000
(01/01/18)
210,000399,000
(1,330,000)
20,000
(130,000)
56,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
2,955,000
22Still2Pac + Outlawz
Still I Rise
2,630,000
(01/22/22)
1,00021,000
(60,000)
42,000
(280,000)
48,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 0
2,742,000
23Enemablink-182
Enema Of The State
0
(N/A)
00
(0)
0
(0)
2,060,000
(09/23/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,060,000
*Pure sales figures updated on date below studio album sales.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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matt

Why is “My Dear Melancholy” by The Weeknd on the 2020 list when it’s a 2018 EP? It has been for a while…

Mikko

A large number of artists have died from drugs or suicide. Only Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan have remained in working order.
Good role models for young artists. For some artists, death has been good commercially. Fans can be happy.

iilumight

Hi,I was wondering what happened to relapseby eminem, before the new EAS formula it was at 9,248,000 and now it has dissapeared from the list. If I go to Eminem albums and song sales page it says only 8,425,000 but if you add the numbers in the columns up it should either be around 8,982,000 (verified streams) or 9,297,000 (auto update).

KantClark

MJD, you could do a Olivia Newton-John’s article due her passing. It would be interesting to see.

Alexis

Hello there, when are Nicki Minaj sales going to be updated?

Ver

Can you update Demi Lovato?

stin

why does justin bieber’s justice have -57,000 by its physical singles?

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